CINEMA: Hairspray

Written by: Staff Writer

Oh happy happy joy joy! A summer 2007 stunner that doesn’t rely on CGI animation, blowing up buildings, aliens or High Concept to entertain, but just fun, fine tunes and fabulous floral frocks!

After becoming a cult hit back in 1988, Director John Waters’ movie of racial integration and size acceptance was adapted into a Broadway-busting musical. Now this musical version hits the big screens in a glorious burst of colour and song.

In 1960’s Baltimore, big and buxom teenager Tracy Turnblad (newcomer Nikki Blonsky) dreams of appearing on the Corny Collins (James Marsden) music TV show. But the incredibly sizeist station manager Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer, looking fabulous) only wants skinny girls to dance and it looks like Tracy’s dream will never come true. However, with the help of cool kid Link (Zac Efron) and the best dancer on the show, African-American Seaweed (Elijah Kelley) Tracy finally gets her chance – which is when she discovers the nasty racist views held by much of Baltimore’s finest. Can Tracy, her highly supportive mom (John Travolta in fat suit, but still light on his feet), dad (Christopher Walken), best mate Penny (Amanda Bynes) and soul diva Maybelle (Queen Latifah) fight for what is true and right and show the bigots how to really strut their stuff?

If Grease is the word then Hairspray is the scent and sound of summer – a good old fashioned, foot tapping spectacular of a show. John Travolta in drag is just one of the highlights here as the song and dance routines (by Adam Shahkman and Marc Shaiman) get your hands clapping and the moral message doesn’t get in the way of the feelgood factor. This is all about entertainment and enjoyment and it never hits a bum note. Pixie Santos

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